Travel Dubuque's team is made up of tourism advocates who are passionate about sharing the story of #WhereIowaStarted.
Our team is responsible for spreading the word on all the amazing things to see and do and we take that responsibility seriously.
President & CEO | Keith Rahe serves as President & CEO of Travel Dubuque. His responsibilities include the program development and implementation. He has been involved with the Field of Dreams, it’s world famous Ghost Players and the National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville, IA and the many events that these two attractions have hosted over the last 30 years. Rahe has extensive experience with event coordination in the United States and across the world. Some of these would include Ghost Players tours, America’s River Festival, Team of Dreams, the Dubuque Grand Excursion, RAGBRAI in 2007 and 2010 to name a few. Currently, Rahe serves on the boards for Upper Midwest Convention & Visitors Bureau (UMCVB), Iowa Tourism Industry Partners (ITIP), and other organizations across the state of Iowa and in the Dubuque area.
Vice President of Operations | Sara Hanten facilitates the management of daily operations for Travel Dubuque. Her responsibilities include the maintenance of IT operations, overseeing human relations, providing assistance to the President & CEO, organizing reoccurring reporting mechanisms to Travel Dubuque Board of Directors as well as handling CVB finances. Sara has worked for Travel Dubuque since June 2003.
Vice President of Sales | Julie is directly responsible for planning, managing and executing the overall sales effort of Travel Dubuque. She works with Association, Corporate, SMERF, Group Tour, Reunion and other planners to bring their annual events into the community. Julie has been with Travel Dubuque since 2008. She is the President for the Meeting Professionals International Heartland Chapter, serves as a member of the Iowa Travel Industry Partners Development Committee, and is involved in numerous local community boards.
Vice President of Marketing | Taylor Kellogg oversees the marketing, communications and creative of Travel Dubuque. As the Vice President of Marketing, she maintains the brand identity, develops marketing materials such as the award-winning Dubuque Travel Guide, manages public relations including the annual partnership program and plans and oversees the annual media buy. Taylor has been with Travel Dubuque since 2010.
Vice President of Community Engagement | Carrie Koelker works to create, build, and foster partnerships that directly and indirectly impact the tourism industry for the Dubuque area. She is responsible for working with travel industry partners in Dubuque, Dubuque County, and the Tri-State region as well as community leaders and organizations who bolster tourism infrastructure. Carrie joins Travel Dubuque in January of 2023 .
Sales Manager | Becky Carkeek assists in the planning, managing, and executing the overall sales effort with the selling Dubuque and the surrounding area as a destination for state, regional and national meetings, conventions, group tours, family reunions, military reunions, class reunions, car clubs and other large groups. Becky has been with Travel Dubuque since September of 2015.
Content Marketing Manager | Willie Tigges manages the content creation on social media, traveldubuque.com, and other various platforms. Willie also works with staff to capture video, photos, as well as carry out marketing initiatives while telling the story of #WhereIowaStarted. Willie has been with Travel Dubuque since June of 2022.
Director of Guest Services | Michelle Rahe manages daily Welcome Center operations including merchandising, convention and group tour servicing, managing staff, and welcoming visitors to the Dubuque area. Michelle has been with Travel Dubuque since May of 2021.
Welcome Center Associate | Robin Nauman assists travelers as they plan and navigate Dubuque by providing information and positive experiences. Robin has been with the Welcome Center since 2022.
Karen assists travelers as they plan and navigate Dubuque by providing information and positive experiences. Karen has been with the Welcome Center since April of 2016.
Joan assists travelers as they plan and navigate Dubuque by providing information and positive experiences. Joan has been with the Welcome Center since 2022.
Vicki serves as one of the Dubuque CVB’s Brochure Distribution Facilitator and distributes visitor information across the Tri-State area. She has been Travel Dubuque since August of 2016.
Marv serves as one of the Dubuque CVB’s Brochure Distribution Facilitator and distributes visitor information across the Tri-State area. He has been with Travel Dubuque since August of 2016.